Vermont Bookworms

December 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm (books) (, , , , , , , , , )


Great article in our local “7 Days” magazine on bookstores — most of which sell used books (my personal favorites). I’ve been to most of them over the years. It’s always great fun to find a book you never ever knew about, sitting, dusty, on some piled upon shelf… But I have to admit that I internet book-look almost as much, intent on particular titles. The farthest away a book has ever come? Australia! That was a bio on Queen Charlotte (1976; the only one around really), by Olwen Hedley. She also wrote a terrific “biography” of Windsor Castle! (among other offerings, I see, when I search her name on bookfinder.com [my favorite site])

In fact, up in St. Albans this summer, I stopped by The Eloquent Page; I hadn’t been in since their move into the present building. Found a great book in which WILLIAM GOSLING (Mary’s father) was mentioned!!!

Unless you seek, you never find books you didn’t know to be out there….

Enjoy the article — and patronize these shops, if you get the chance.

Queen Charlotte, of England – royal bookworm?

Read: Miss Smith meets the Queen

In 1817, Miss Smith (known under her married name as Augusta Wilder) made her societal debut. What did this entail? An appearance at Court!

Given the date, it was the Queen, not King George III, to whom Augusta was presented. Emma wrote an extended diary entry, describing Augusta’s dress (Mamma’s too!), her reception and conversation with the Queen, with the Princess Elizabeth. It is a fascinating diary excerpt to read! And one topic of conversation: Miss Meen, the artist who taught ‘flower painting’ to the princesses — as well as Mrs Smith and her sisters, and Emma and her sisters.

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